Columbia Bank has a new chief operating officer.

The Tacoma-based financial institution announced that Clint Stein, previously executive vice president and chief financial officer, has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer of the company.

Stein will fill the role vacated by Hadley Robbins, who was recently named president and CEO.

“We are thrilled to announce Clint's appointment to chief operating officer,” said Robbins. “Clint and I have worked together very closely as co-chairs of Columbia's senior leadership team, which is responsible for company's strategic initiatives and operational execution. He has been a strong advocate of our customer-centered strategy and, for many years, he has worked alongside and supported our business line leaders with creative solutions to address opportunities and challenges while instilling a discipline around the use of analytics to enable better decision-making.

“He has also worked to build a positive environment for our employees and has demonstrated a commitment to strengthening our community. Clint's leadership style exemplifies the very best attributes of our company's culture.”

Stein joined Columbia in 2005 as senior vice president and chief accounting officer, and was named executive vice president and CFO in 2012. Prior to Columbia, he was senior vice president and CFO for Albina Community Bank in Portland, Oregon.

Columbia intends to conduct a national search for a new CFO; Stein will maintain his responsibilities as CFO until a successor is named.